HEAF Mechanical Engineer

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550
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We have an opening for a Mechanical Engineer to support the High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF). You will plan, manage, and execute projects in support of facility and programmatic work in HEAF, including firing tanks, laboratory areas, and the facility structure itself. This position is in the Defense Technologies Engineering Division (DTED), within the Engineering Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the SES.2 or SES.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties
- Develop requirements, designs, project scope, costs, schedule, and risk plans to field and execute projects focused on facility maintenance, operations, and programmatic equipment for use in a high explosives facility.
- Develop and implement rigorous project management methods and tools to ensure successful execution of projects.
- Review, write, and develop technical specifications, drawings, and operating procedures.
- Oversee and provide technical direction to facility capabilities including but not limited to laboratory guns, firing tanks, and associated sub-systems.
- Work closely with scientific personnel and experimentalists to plan and safely conduct experiments by assessing shrapnel, fragment, and shock mitigation techniques and technologies to ensure facility and personnel protection.
- Review and approve the mechanical design of all new facility equipment and all mechanical design changes for existing facility and plant equipment.
- Ensure that new or modified mechanical facilities are installed and operating and ensure that all mechanical equipment, including Systems with Safety Functions, are properly maintained.
- Participate in formal and informal design reviews.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Provide technical expertise in mechanical design.
- Produce advanced conceptual and detail designs in support of on-going projects.
- Lead and/or provide guidance and technical direction to multidisciplinary project teams in a growing, dynamic environment.

- Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Comprehensive knowledge of theory and application of explosives and the characteristics of explosive reactions.
- Comprehensive knowledge of hardware design, fabrication, installation, and commission.
- Experience effectively managing projects and ability to organize and conduct rigorous design and project reviews.
- Ability to devise solutions for complex technical requirements.
- Ability to manage (organize, direct, and monitor schedule and budgets) multiple projects concurrently and to reprioritize and change programmatic direction depending on emergent requests.
- Proficient verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively interact and collaborate with program, resource management, and federal management staff and present and explain technical information.

In Addition at the SES.3 Level
- Advanced knowledge of mechanical design and analysis.
- Significant experience in managing, overseeing, and delivering multiple projects on budget and schedule.
- Advanced communication skills with proven ability to present concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

Desired Qualifications
- Experience handling explosives/energetics.
- Experience analyzing fragmentation data determining potential pattern size and shape.
- Experience working in the nuclear weapons program and with Laboratory operations and business processes.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted. For additional information, please see DOE Order 472.2

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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